|Original Oil painting by Helen Tilston|
On my bedside table is a copy of the book Anam Cara which was written by John O'Donohue, who is an Irish poet philosopher who lived in the west of Ireland until his early and untimely death at 52 yrs of age in 2008. This book is well worn and read. John, like myself, is a Celt. A Celtic symbol is the circle. Life is a circle, one event, leads to another and so on. I do believe the majority of you will enjoy this book.
One art collector, whom I had not met, (I shall refer to her as Madame X) contacted me last week to say she would be unable to attend our art opening this past Sunday. We made arrangements to meet yesterday and she received the docent tour of our exhibition, at Guppy's Restaurant.
This past summer Madame X purchased a plein air painting of Guppy's Restaurant, which I had painted more than a year ago.
|Lunch Date Original oil by Helen Tilston|
Madame X and her husband enjoyed a Thursday lunch date each week and they had a favourite table at Guppy's. My painting hung above their table. Her husband would say "let me buy you that painting as you so love it" she would say "Oh we have no space for it and we have such and such expense". Sadly her husband died in his sleep this past Spring, at the young age of 50 yrs. A month later she went to Guppy's and decided to sit at a new table with her friend - she looked up and there was my painting hanging above her new table (the restaurant was renovated and paintings re-hung by designer) and on looking at the title she saw it read
"Guppy's lunch date". The rest is history. She is the proud owner of this painting.
Over lunch we chatted about life and art and I mentioned that I used paint miniature art and exhibited.
She looked vague and then asked if I had exhibited at the Belleview Biltmore at the juried minitature show. I assured her I had. This annual show consists of more than a 1,500 miniature paintings by artists from all over the world. Yes, you guessed it, she had purchased one of my miniatures about fifteen years ago.
|My Irish playground Original Oil on Ivorine Miniature Helen Tilston|
We had a delightful lunch and I have a new friend.
Do you believe in the circle of life, events, happenings. Have you had such instances?